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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Feb 14, 2010 9:28pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please Remove: Bad Taste (1987)

What they probably should have written was "Steps are being taken to 'register' the US copyright". They secured US copyright when they published the film in late 1989 (movies released after March 1989 do not require either a notice or registration to secure US copyright - copyright is automatic.) Registration of copyright was only required to pursue unauthorised users for statutory damages ($250,000 per offence, etc.) Without registration, the owners can only seek "actual" damages (which amounts to all profits made by the bootlegger and costs for court action).

The film is also a foreign film (first published in New Zealand, France, Australia a couple of years before the US). Its copyright status in the US is strengthen by GATT/URAA.

The only reason I can see for them registering the copyright at this time is if they intend to take profitable court action, rather than just send C&Ds.

The film won't be PD in NZ until 2038 and won't be PD in the USA until 2085.